What It Is & Why It Works:
The Essiac formula was popularized by Rene Caisse, a French Canadian nurse who learned the formula from a friend who had received it from an Ojibwa medicine man as a remedy for cancer. Her lifes work involved using the formula on thousands of cancer patients with excellent success rates. The original formula consisted of burdock root, sheep sorrel, turkey rhubarb, and slippery elm which was brewed into a tea and administered as a beverage. The basic actions of these herbs are as follows:
Burdock: Contains proven anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and tumor protective compounds. Regarded as a blood purifier , organ tonifier, lymph system cleanser, and poison neutralizer.
Sheep Sorrell: High in chlorophyll, this herb helps to carry oxygen through the bloodstream. It improves liver, digestive, and bowel functions and is indicated for inflammatory diseases, tumors, cancers, and urinary/kidney diseases.
Slippery Elm Bark: Contains the compound inulin which acts on liver, pancreas, and spleen. Diuretic, laxative, and reduces swelling. The mucilaginous nature of this herb is soothing to the digestive tract.
Turkey Rhubarb: Acts as a laxative and purgative, its cooling properties stimulate the colon and restore the stomach and liver. It both cools and invigorates stagnant blood. Used as stomach soother, liver cleanser, and for tumors and cancers.
Watercress: Although not included in Rene Caisse's original formula, the chemist who developed the formula for Essiac Herbals added this herb for its high vitamin and mineral content. Native Americans used watercress for liver and kidney disorders. Well known as a blood purifier and system cleanser.
Are there any foods that alter the effectiveness or should be avoided when using Essiac Herbals?
Possible Drug Interactions:
Special Information If You are Pregnant or Breastfeeding:
This herbal concentrate is most effective when taken on an empty stomach. Take Essiac Herbals at least one half hour before eating a meal, or two hours after eating. If this is not possible, attempt to take your dosage when your stomach is not totally full. The herbal compounds will be more readily absorbed by your system when it is not fully engaged in digesting a meal.
Essiac Herbals can be taken at the same time as other vitamins and supplements. Consult a physician for determining the most effective way to combine the protocols of herbal and prescription medication.